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Crunchtime In Albany

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New York Senators Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) Frank Padavan (R - Queens Village, Flushing, Bayside, Whitestone) discuss the turmoil in the New York State Senate. Edward-Isaac Dovere, editor of City Hall, a monthly publication focused on New York politics and policy, gives an update on Albany news. Help Name the Crisis! Help us come up with a witty name for the madness in Albany. What are you calling it? Comment below!

Guests:

Edward-Isaac Dovere, Jeff Klein and Frank Padavan

Comments [106]

Michael from Ossining from Ossining

Name for Albany State Senate Mess: Harumph on the Hudson

Jun. 19 2009 11:01 PM
ella from Morningside Heights, manhattan

The Gang that Couldn't Think Straight

Jun. 18 2009 10:54 AM
Emily from Rockville Centre, Long Island

Albany Anomie?

Jun. 18 2009 09:42 AM
Frank from NJ

Just to reiterate.

This call for lowest common demoninator feedback is beneath the standards of WNYC. I know Laura Walker loves it. Brian, honestly, you can do better. Please don't bow to this stupid trend. I think you are earning your considerable salary but with THIS kind of crap I begin to doubt it.

Jun. 17 2009 09:12 PM
Dave from Brooklyn

Albany Agonistes

Jun. 17 2009 06:33 PM
Jon Young from Staten Island

N(ew)Y(ork)S(tate)S(enate)functional or NYSSfunctional.

Jun. 17 2009 01:54 PM
Norman Isaacson from Warwick, New York

How about I R S (Incompetence Reigns Supreme) or S A W O , Self-Agrandizement Wins Out. Brian, you seem a resonable and intelligent man, but you are a bit naive. Espada, Monserrat and the rest of them are not in politics for me, for you or anyone but themselves. The myth of representative government is just that - a fiction. These people, our government, are out to help themselves. If we are lucky, very lucky, we get dragged along on their dirty coat-tails. "The People" is an invention, they use it as a cover for their selfishness...no more, no less.

Jun. 17 2009 01:36 PM
eva

Tony's right - you're starting to make California look competent.

I vote for CH of Staten Island with the litterbox comment. Nice.

Jun. 17 2009 12:43 PM
M. from NYC

Given what I think of this lot, how about the Calm Before the Storm? But that would require that some entirely justified wholesale slaughter of this lot take place. That would certainly clear up the problem. Clear a little room at the trough at the least, too, eh?

Jun. 17 2009 12:16 PM
Matt from Jackson Heights

ALBALUNATICS
E PLURIBUS NIHIL
HIRAM UNSUREWHATAYAM
STATE SENSELESS

Jun. 17 2009 12:01 PM
John from South Amboy, NJ

The People vs. Leisure-slature.

Jun. 17 2009 11:44 AM
Eric Soloway from NYC

Dysfunction Junction

Jun. 17 2009 11:08 AM
Matt from Jackson Heights

ALBALKANY
ALLBUNKANY
ALL BULL ALL THE TIME-BANY
MONSERRATTED EDGE
PADAVANWAGON
DEADLOX POPULI

Thanks, that as fun. Enjoyed the show, as always.

Jun. 17 2009 10:59 AM
Craig from Hell's Kitchen

Monserrate Cabal

Cabalbany

Jun. 17 2009 10:57 AM
MJ from Brooklyn from Brooklyn

All-beneath

Jun. 17 2009 10:54 AM
Jon from NYC

I've finally figured out what I'm gonna call it: "How I'll Get My Next Job"

These yutzes have got to go. And considering the mess they're making, I couldn't possibly do any worse.

Jun. 17 2009 10:52 AM
Jason from Midtown

Empire of the Dumb.

Jun. 17 2009 10:49 AM
jtt from jackson heights

Recallbany.

Jun. 17 2009 10:47 AM
Richard from New York City

The Albany Shuffle.

Jun. 17 2009 10:45 AM
Jason from Midtown

A-holes With a Capitol Albany

Jun. 17 2009 10:43 AM
jawbone from Parsippany, NJ

To Brian Lehrer: Did you write the intro to this segment? I was amazaed that you seemed to be saying that, for sure, Montserrat had lied during his interview with you. Only toward the end did you show any realization that Montserrat may have been lied to by Espada.

What was with that intro? Not like you.

Or do you know something the public doesn't? (And I have no dog in this fight; both Dems seem dodgy to me.)

I figured that there was a 50-50 chance that either Montserrat was lying or Espada was lying or --maybe?-- both were?

I note Brian is now asking another guest if the guest knows anything about this. Clear since January that Espada was not for the same things on rent control as the rest of the Dems. Real estate lobby got Liz Kruger away from chairmanship and put Espada there. OKaaaay.

(My spelling of names may be off a bit....)

Jun. 17 2009 10:42 AM
Jim Pharo from NYC

The only news here is the incredible ineptitude of the people we sent to Albany. These Senators are either corrupt or idiots.

Still can't tell where they stand on letting landlords flips apartments to market rates when a tenant vacates a regulated/controlled apartment. Sounds like they all want to have a meetings and make an agreement.

Sheesh. At least they're merely ineffective, and not committed to ruining the state, as their California counterparts seems to be...

Jun. 17 2009 10:41 AM
Dan from Williamsburg

How about the Greed Revolution?

Jun. 17 2009 10:41 AM
Deborah from Manhattan

Cacalbany

Jun. 17 2009 10:40 AM
Craig from Hell's Kitchen

Monserrate Cabal

Jun. 17 2009 10:40 AM
GabrielleStrasun from NYC

Name for the Albany goings on: ALBANY FOLLIES

Jun. 17 2009 10:40 AM
SuzanneNYC from Upper West Side

You know what this is like -- Iraq after the fall the Saddam. After years of being powerless under repressive rule, once they were liberated and free to act on their own, the various factions had no idea what to do and went completely berzerk. That's pretty much what's happening in Albany.

Jun. 17 2009 10:40 AM
Leo from Queens

Voter #61 - Unfortunately you will not be voting him out - We don't get a choice on who to vote for. The Democratic and Republican mafias have allocated/distributed the districts for themselves so that these maggots run unchallenged. So you either 'vote' fo the idiot on the ballot or you don't vote.
The Elections Board should at least provide an "OTHER" choice.

Jun. 17 2009 10:40 AM
raulistic from Prospect Heights

My name for the current situation:

Dawn in Albany.

Finally there is some light in Albany. The situation has been pathetic for years with bipartisan resistance to reform. Now that New Yorkers have finally noticed that we have a state government, the GOP introduces some reforms.

It's time for the citizens of this state to take back control from the bipartisan team of thugs, felons and deadwood. It's time for incumbents to face tough questions from their constituents about what they've been doing up in Albany.

(Also, I've always mistrusted Paterson. Anyone who has thrived in the Senate must be looked at with suspicion.)

Jun. 17 2009 10:40 AM
Robert from Brooklyn

How about STALLBANY or SMALLBANY?

Jun. 17 2009 10:39 AM
Alistair Wallace from midtown

How about "Just Deserts"- we elected these bozos.

Jun. 17 2009 10:39 AM
Anthony from Manhattan

Chaos in the Capital

Jun. 17 2009 10:39 AM
Tony from San Jose, CA

Alabanistan politics

Jun. 17 2009 10:39 AM
Tom from Upper West Side

Not a joke: How about a major recall effort?

Jun. 17 2009 10:38 AM
Tony from San Jose, CA

Even worse than California!

Jun. 17 2009 10:38 AM
Deborah Brissman from Manhattan

Cacalbany.

Jun. 17 2009 10:38 AM
Noah from Brooklyn

I don't understand how all of these legislators keep saying that NYC gets money from Long Island or that all of the law are for NYC. For one NYC gets back something around 2 dollars for every 3 dollar given to the state, so how can we get money from long island. We should get money from long island though because long islanders use NYC facilities where as we don't use theirs. This goes for most of the state.

Jun. 17 2009 10:38 AM
Michael Hnatov from Brooklyn

Call it "Throw the bums out!"

Jun. 17 2009 10:37 AM
Matt from Brooklyn

Albanamok

Jun. 17 2009 10:37 AM
Fred from brooklyn

The Albaniad

Jun. 17 2009 10:37 AM
jawbone from Parsippany, NJ

An analyst on CH 13 on a Saturday program said that the Repub Senate takeover vote required that 4 copies of the proposed whatever it was (resolution? bill?) were supposed to be distributed to the leaders of the Senate (other two I'm not sure about) x-amount of time prior to the actual vote. That did not happen.

Then the Repubs, post vote, said their whatever it was that was voted on was a "personal order" or something personal. I was busy, couldn't listen all that carefully.

I figured WNYC would cover the actual parliamentary rules which were applicable.

Can that be done?

Do any readers/listeners know the parliamentary rules which apply to this?

Jun. 17 2009 10:36 AM
todd from nyc

Brian,

great job with Padavan.

Todd

Jun. 17 2009 10:36 AM
Phil from Queens

Call it "Just Another Day in Albany."

The state legislature is filled ignorant and corrupt people, especially from NYC. Few of them can even speak the "King's English." How do these people get elected? What happened to electing people that are smart and educated? Not too smart for our own good like the Bama and his group of future federal penitentiary inmates, but smart enough to pass a rent control bill that allows the prosecution of frauds and cheats like Charlie Rangel who current lives in 4 rent controlled apartments at once. What you libs put up with in exchange for the promise of crumbs is laughable for you and sad for the silent majority that has to put up with and pay for this nonsense.

Jun. 17 2009 10:36 AM
robert warner from brooklyn


Can't decide between "shameful" or "business as usual".

Jun. 17 2009 10:35 AM
lynus from Manhattan

Bryan this is your show, require a straight answer, and don't give them a platform for there B.S.!!

Jun. 17 2009 10:34 AM
Tom Howard from Chappaqua

New York State of Whine

Jun. 17 2009 10:34 AM
a voter from uws

I just looked up who my State Senator is. It's Bill Perkins. Good to know who I'm going to vote out.

Jun. 17 2009 10:34 AM
Sally from Chelsea

small-minded selfish politics gate.

Jun. 17 2009 10:34 AM
ELLIOT YASHIN

ALBALONEY!

Jun. 17 2009 10:34 AM
Douglas from Manhattan

It would be great if you guys stop interrupting each other!

Jun. 17 2009 10:33 AM
BRIAN

I TAKE MR. PADAVAN'S HIGHMINDED HOLDING OUT FOR IMMEDIATE REFORMS WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. THE REPUBLICANS COULD HAVE PASSED THESE REFORMS DURING THEIR 40 YEARS OF SENATE CONTROL

Jun. 17 2009 10:33 AM
Mike from Manhattan from Manhattan

brian - you're missing the point - they can take another leadership vote, but in the meantime, he's saying you have to honor the vote that happened last week. I don't necessarily like it, but that's the deal.

Jun. 17 2009 10:33 AM
Michael from Rockville Centre,Nassau county

Albany Peter Principle

Jun. 17 2009 10:32 AM
Leo from Queens

Keep Guantanamo OPEN!. - Torture is gone but keep facilities as is and lets charter a flight to take ALL of our state/city politicians to an all expenses paid, unending vacation in tropical paradise (as confirmed by Miss Universe and Republican US senators)!.

We, the NY taxpayer and citizens would be much richer and prosperous. !

Jun. 17 2009 10:32 AM
antonio from park slope

"the empire state strikes out!"

Jun. 17 2009 10:31 AM
CH from Staten Island

Low-Fiber Legislation

Jun. 17 2009 10:31 AM
Charles Briefer from Norwalk, CT

It's a Constipational Crisis!

Jun. 17 2009 10:31 AM
RJ from brooklyn

The Dems also offered to *negotiate* the power-sharing arrangement

Jun. 17 2009 10:30 AM
Nick from Upper West Side

NONE of these clowns in Albany tell the truth.
NONE of them have the best interest of the public at heart.
ALL of them are criminals, siphoning taxpayer money to line their pockets.
NONE of them can answer a simple yes or no question no matter how many times Brian asks one.

They are the very epitome of weasels.

I say we call it "The Weasel's Dance Party", or "The Criminal's Headbutting Extravaganza".

Jun. 17 2009 10:30 AM
tlp from Brooklyn

Boys Gone Wild
Business As Usual
SNAlbanyFU

Jun. 17 2009 10:29 AM
DJ from brooklyn

Absurdistan

Jun. 17 2009 10:29 AM
RJ from brooklyn

StAllbany

Jun. 17 2009 10:29 AM
Marques from Bloomfield

Maybe: Knickerbocker Knumbskullery

Jun. 17 2009 10:28 AM
Mike M from NJ

Tammany Hall North

Jun. 17 2009 10:28 AM
Richard from Summit NJ

A Breath of Fresh Air

"Doing the People's Business"??? INDEED!!

Government at all levels has far exceeded its Constitutionally delimited powers. For the good of the people, "Paralyze Government!"

Bring back the do-nothing Congress!
Bring back the do-nothing Executive!
Bring back the do-nothing Judiciary!

Jun. 17 2009 10:28 AM
Peter Brown from New York Upper West Side

Albany Amok
Senseless in Albany

Jun. 17 2009 10:28 AM
John Mc Donagh from Brooklyn

"New York State of Mindlessness"

John

Jun. 17 2009 10:28 AM
marie from Brooklyn

"No Sense At Allbany"!!!

Jun. 17 2009 10:27 AM
ceolaf from brooklyn

The Albany Conclusion.

No, it's not logical or reasonable. And it's not even a conclusion. But, you know, that's Albany. Are we really surprised?

Jun. 17 2009 10:27 AM
Sean McQueen from Brookyn, NYC

Empire (State) in Crisis.

Jun. 17 2009 10:27 AM
Mike from Manhattan from Manhattan

Apathy in Action

Jun. 17 2009 10:27 AM
Matt H. from Manhattan

The New York Sen-NOT.

:)

Jun. 17 2009 10:27 AM
Frank from NJ

What is this, "The Takeaway"? I don't listen to Brian Lehrer to hear stupid attempts at humor, I listen for a reasoned and intelligent analysis. Brian, keep away from John Hockenberry, you're getting infected. Did you see Jon Stewart's comments about CNN last night? Just Stop It Please.

Jun. 17 2009 10:26 AM
RoseAnn Hermann from Larchmont

"Help, we've fallen and we can't get up!"
Crap on, Crap off!

Jun. 17 2009 10:26 AM
Bryce from Queens

The Big Mess in Smallbany

Jun. 17 2009 10:26 AM
Robert

The mania in Albania.

Jun. 17 2009 10:25 AM
Tim from Brooklyn

STALLBANY

Jun. 17 2009 10:25 AM
Sam from Westchester

We should call the Albany crisis: "Spaded Congress"

Jun. 17 2009 10:25 AM
Jeff Putterman from Queens

Monster-rot and Espada-lies.

Jun. 17 2009 10:25 AM
Jean Strong from Hell's Kitchen, NY

Albany Anarchy

Jun. 17 2009 10:23 AM
Scott from Manhattan, New York

3 Headlines...
'A tale of two idiots' (The Post)
'The inmates are running... for re-election' (The Times)
'Congress shall make a law respecting an establishment of sanity, and prohibiting the free exercise of state senators to serve their own interests; and abridging the freedom of state senators to make decisions that halt all due process of the people's business; and enable the people to forcibly compel state senators to peaceably assemble IN THE ASSEMBLY. We THE CITIZENS OF NEW YORK STATE reserve the right to petition the Governor of New York State to serve a Writ of Habeas Corpus for all state senators for a redress of the grief they have given us. (The Nieu Yorka)

Jun. 17 2009 10:22 AM
paul from nyc

Brian, you are right they don't want to vote on the bills as it would displease both the landlords and the Catholic church.

Jun. 17 2009 10:22 AM
Sean McQueen from Brookyn, NYC

Empire (State) in Crisis.

Jun. 17 2009 10:21 AM
Elizabeth from Brooklyn

Albany our albatross

Albany the banal Albania?

Jun. 17 2009 10:21 AM
Jon from NYC

Sorry about the double-post - I'll make up for it with a Spanish name for the situation: Espada en la Espalda (lit. "A spade in the back")

Jun. 17 2009 10:21 AM
Sam from Westchester

Just as it might have been expected that Madoff would make it off with your money, those who are bilingual could have predicted that Espada would backstub his colleages.

Jun. 17 2009 10:20 AM
SuzanneNYC from Upper West Side

Call it Idiotgate. Clearly the inmates are running the asylum. This is a total disgrace. Are you aware that Republican trickster Roger Stone had a role in this? What does he care about actual legislation when he could amuse himself by creating turmoil in NY State politics. And those two corrupt fools Espada and Montserrat drank the kool aid.

Jun. 17 2009 10:20 AM
Andy from Queens

I have a quick question. Are the Legislator's being paid this week and last? If so they should be forced to give it back since they are not working.

Jun. 17 2009 10:20 AM
John from New York

Obviously, New York doesn't need a Senate. it is even detrimental to the state to have one.
revise the constitution to eliminate it; impose a 10 year term limit on the Assembly; and save a ton of TRULY wasted money.

Jun. 17 2009 10:19 AM
Matt Goins from BROOOOKLYN!

"Debacle on the Hudson"

Jun. 17 2009 10:18 AM
Michael Labrat from NYC - Manhattan

The Cuckoo Coalition

Jun. 17 2009 10:18 AM
David from Manhattan

Albany Malaise
Upstate Upset
Senate Nonsense

Jun. 17 2009 10:18 AM
ted from manhattan

we have dysfunctional legislature. get rid of all of them and start again.

none of them are credible.

Jun. 17 2009 10:18 AM
Jon from Brooklyn

Ambiguous Albany

Jun. 17 2009 10:17 AM
CH from Staten Island

The Litterbox: it's all about covering...

Jun. 17 2009 10:17 AM
Harv from Manhattan

Any of these is appropriate:

The Albany Dump

Or

Albanuts

Or

Democracy? What's that?

Jun. 17 2009 10:17 AM
Susan

All-Banal-To-Me or All-Banaly

Jun. 17 2009 10:16 AM
Seth from Croton on Hudson, NY

state senate insanity

the monserrate massacre

defection of the defective Dems

Jun. 17 2009 10:14 AM
Richard Williams from Larchmont, NY

Similar to Adam's comment; Very much like hearing a bunch of immature teenagers in an argument and not listening to each other.

Jun. 17 2009 10:14 AM
Jeff Putterman from Queens

It's obvious there is only one name that fits: The Albany Assholes.

Jun. 17 2009 10:14 AM
Jon from NYC

I'd call this situation a number of things, but since it might be read on air, I'll just mention the "clean" ones...

- Secession Fodder
- Knickerbockers in a Twist
- What Happens when the Inmates Run the Asylum
- How to Lose Your Next Reelection and Give People the Shaft at the Same Time

Jun. 17 2009 10:14 AM
Michael Labrat from NYC - Manhattan

The Espada Escapade

Jun. 17 2009 10:13 AM
Rick

Stalemategate

Jun. 17 2009 10:08 AM
Alexander Lumbantobing from Ardsley, NY

Funny Bunny Albany

Jun. 17 2009 10:08 AM
Adam from Manhattan, NYC

The situation in Albany is akin watching little kids fight over toys in a sandbox.

Jun. 17 2009 10:07 AM
Tom from Upper West Side

Run - and Take the Money!

Jun. 17 2009 10:07 AM

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